McIlroy can rule for as long as he wants: Jacklin

Mon Aug 4, 2014 6:36am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Twice major winner Tony Jacklin hailed Rory McIlroy's "sensational" driving display in winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and believes the new world number one can go on to dominate golf for as long as he wants.

Europe's most successful Ryder Cup captain of all-time, however, questioned whether 14-times major champion Tiger Woods will have the appetite to fight back from the latest in a series of injury setbacks.

While McIlroy was easing to a two-shot triumph over Spain's Sergio Garcia in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, Woods was struggling to clamber into a golf buggy that whisked him off the course after pulling out with a back strain midway through the final round.

McIlroy produced a dynamic performance off the tee, pounding out a sequence of long, booming straight drives to overpower playing partner Garcia.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman's victory also ensured he leapfrogged Adam Scott at the top of the world rankings, returning to a position he last occupied in March 2013.

"That was sensational," Jacklin told Reuters in an interview on Monday. "I've never seen anybody drive the ball better than that, ever.

"Rory showed amazing control with the driver which made the rest of it pretty straightforward. It was a terrific show and it was almost like a victory parade after he started with those three birdies in the first three holes of the final round.

"Firestone is such a well-defined golf course, the rough is pretty bad so there is a premium on finding the fairway," added Jacklin who won the British Open in 1969 and the U.S. Open in 1970.   Continued...

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the trophy following the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course on August 3, 2014.  USA TODAY Sports/Joe Maiorana